BBC Westminster Hour discussing #EmilyforDeputy

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BBC Westminster Hour discussing #EmilyforDeputy

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When the SKWAWKBOX broke the news last week that Emily Thornberry is considering a challenge against Tom Watson for the Labour deputy leader position, the right-wing response was the predictable ‘fake news’ smear.

emily.pngFuture Labour Deputy Leader?

Well, the challenge has enough substance that it was referred to by the BBC’s Westminster Hour as part of its preamble to an interview with Ms Thornberry this evening, so it looks like the mainstream media playing catch-up to the SKWAWKBOX again.

And, far more importantly, that the eminently suitable Ms T is poised for a challenge as soon as the nominations – already at over 35 of the 50 required to force a contest – are lined up, just as this blog revealed.

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Labour ‘reeling from Copeland’? No, Labour winning in THE CITY OF LONDON

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Labour ‘reeling from Copeland’? No, Labour winning in THE CITY OF LONDON

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Labour ‘reeling from Copeland’? No, Labour winning in THE CITY OF LONDON

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PoliticsHome and the Huffington Post have run this morning with stories of a Corbyn ‘staffing crisis’ with a supposed ‘exodus’ – three people, two of whom are leaving for health reasons (no speech marks on that, thank you).

Neither contains a single word from any of the staff who are leaving, as no doubt their comments wouldn’t fit the narrative.

The articles are little more than an attempt to manufacture the perception of Labour falling apart or, as the Huffington Post puts it,

still reeling from its defeat to the Conservatives in the Copeland by-election

Lazy, contemptible ‘journalism’.

Meanwhile, in actual news worthy of the name but which seems glaringly absent from the mainstream, Labour was busy last night – not ‘reeling’, but winning.

In the City of London, no less.

Five seats on the authority’s two-chamber council.

Let’s put this into context: Labour don’t win in the…

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Coyne and the JC: anatomy of an #antisemitism smear

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Coyne and the JC: anatomy of an #antisemitism smear

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Yet again, accusations of antisemitism are being made against the left – this time in an attempt to smear Unite incumbent Len McCluskey by association and bolster the dwindling chances of his main challenger for the General Secretary position, blairite Gerard Coyne.

A week ago, Coyne wrote an article for the Jewish Chronicle (JC) in which he appealed to Jewish people to ‘return’ to Unite – as if there had been some kind of exodus, an idea for which there is no evidence whatever. The SKWAWKBOX called him out on the fallacy.

The very next day, the JC published an article claiming that Coyne had been subjected to a ‘barrage of antisemitic hate messages on social media‘ from McCluskey ‘supporters‘ because of the article:

coyne jc1.pngVarious social media accounts were quick to jump on this and stoke up the outrage:

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